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Need to Create a Repair Disk, No CD/RW Drive, Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

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Our company just purchased a new desktop computer, running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system.  I have created a System Image (created on our network drive), but I can't create the associated Repair Disk, as the computer does not have a writable CD/DVD drive.

From what I have read, I will need the Repair Disk to Boot the computer from if ever I need to restore the operating system using the System Image Created.

How can I obtain a Repair Disk for this operating system?

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by:John Hurst
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See if you can create the disk on a USB drive. I always equip desktop computers with DVD writers (they have not died yet) and get a dock for laptops.

My Windows 8 machine will create the recovery on a USB drive, so try that on your machine.
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by:nobus
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you can always install temporarily a CD R/W drive for creating it - then remove it again
you can also make a  rescue cd : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/      - on a cd or USB stick
your other options are listed above :
-create the cd on an external cd drive (via USB)
-make a bootable usb repair stick
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by:SelfGovern
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Wouldn't it be useful to have a USB-attach DVD drive to share among systems as needed?
They aren't very expensive and don't take up much space when not being used.
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Experts,

Windows does not allow me to select the USB port for creating the Repair Disk option.

I'll have to obtain a USB  CD/rw DVD to test this option.

The step by step option looks very involved?  Haven't tried this option yet.

Thanks,
fw
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by:John Hurst
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If you cannot create to USB, then a USB CD drive is a good option. I have that as well. Also consider ordering recovery media as this is usually inexpensive.
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you can also use the recovery partition - if there is one on the disk
that does not require a cd drive either !
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